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Local delegates set water/sewer/stadium meeting for Saturday

February 10, 2000

The local delegation to the Maryland General Assembly will use handouts Saturday to explain their intricate plan to reduce Washington County's water and sewer debt and provide money for a minor league baseball stadium.

The 90-minute public meeting is to begin at 10 a.m. in South Hagerstown High School's auditorium.

The delegation has proposed doubling the hotel-motel tax to give each of the county's nine municipalities money for economic development and tourism. Hagerstown has requested the money to build a Hagerstown Roundhouse and Sports Complex.

The delegation has also proposed requiring the county to put an extra $400,000 a year toward its $52.3 million water and sewer debt.

Some of the room tax money, as well as a shift in Gaming Commission distributions, would free up money needed for debt reduction.

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After explaining the plan, delegation members will take comments and questions from the public. There may be time limits for speakers, depending on the turnout, to give everyone a chance to speak.

Three of the eight delegation members are expected to attend Saturday's meeting. They are Del. Robert A. McKee, Del. Christopher B. Shank and Sen. Donald F. Munson, all Washington County Republicans.

Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, said he had prior family commitments.

The four lawmakers who represent Washington and Frederick counties aren't expected to attend because of a previously scheduled meeting with the Frederick County Farm Bureau Saturday morning.

- Laura Ernde

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